Vienna | Medvedev and Sinner to clash in final again

An all-Russian final was prevented by Jannik Sinner who took out Andrey Rublev in their semi-final clash after Daniil Medvedev, the defending champion, had dispatched Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier in the day at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, an ATP Tour level event.

Jannik is finishing really strong so will be interesting to see how the match goes

The two finalists will be replaying the Beijing final played earlier this month which saw the Italian claim the title with two tight tiebreak sets.

On this occasion, the second seeded Sinner required one-hour and 49-minutes to get past Rublev 7-5 7-6(5) after recovering from 2-4 down in the opening set, breaking his Russian opponent when Rublev was attempting to serve out for the opener at 5-4. He then broke again and held out to pocket the first set.

The second set proved to be equally tight with neither player able to breakthrough in the opening eight games until Rublev cracked to fall 4-5 behind but immediately recovered that loss for 5-all on his fourth break-point.

Inevitably a tiebreak was required where Sinner eventually settled the matter on his first match point to reach the 13th final of his career but an avenging Medvedev, playing his 36th final and chasing his 21st career title, awaits!

The tops seed had earlier in the day, brushed aside the fourth seed, Tsitsipas, 6-4 7-6(6) after one-hour, 44-minutes to improve his record against his Greek rival to 9 victories in 13 meetings.

The reigning champion closed the match out with five aces having lost just 8 points on his first serve. He gained the only break of the match in the first set to lead 4-3 having fended off two chances which Tsitsipas had in the fourth game of the semi-final.

Tsitsipas saved three break points in the second set that went with serve all the way to a tie-break which also proved a tight affair, but he collected his 64th win of the season and his ninth final of the year.

“I served well throughout the whole match,” Medvedev said following his victory. “In general, I am happy with how I served and put pressure on him on a lot of points.

“I had a lot of opportunities and he played well on them also. Generally, this pressure paid off at the end of the match.”

He added as he awaited news of his final opponent: “I have played both of them in finals. Jannik already three times and Andrey once. They have had amazing years.

“Jannik is finishing really strong so will be interesting to see how the match goes.”

For the record, Medvedev leads Sinner 6-1, his only loss to the Italian being – as mentioned – Beijing in the China Open final on October 4!

Jannik Sinner hopes to repeat his Beijing success

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